RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Where's Ecuador? Better not ask that
question in Brazil.
A new Brazilian geography text book for sixth-grade students
doesn't even include the South American country on the map.
In fact, the book distributed by the education ministry in
Brazil's most populous state botches the location of most of
Brazil's neighbors. Paraguay is switched with Uruguay, and a second
"new" Paraguay is shown with a coastline at the southern tip of
That is something that even Paraguay's military generals could
not accomplish during their 1864-1870 war against Brazil, Argentina
and Uruguay - in which historians say landlocked Paraguay dreamed
of capturing a slice of Brazil's coastline.
Bolivia is fortunate enough to appear on the map, but the book
misses its border with Paraguay - the Paraguay that sits where
Uruguay should be, that is.
The geographical jumbling baffled sixth-grader Joao Gabriel
Anchieta, who looked over the map while being interviewed by Globo,
Brazil's largest television network.
Asked what would happen should he have to take a geography test
based upon the map, Joao said he "would get a bad grade."
About 500,000 of the books containing errors were distributed
and will be replaced with corrected maps, to be paid for by the
Vanzolini Foundation, which published the books, Sao Paulo's
education ministry said.
No one answered telephone calls by The Associated Press to the
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